Name: Barry Furber

Date of Birth: October 8th 1984

Place of Birth: Bishops Castle, Shropshire, England

Nationality: British

Races competed: Isle of Man TT, Manx GP & North West 200

Getting into biking:

“I started racing in 2011 after years of riding Trials and British Enduro Championship.”

Barry first competed at the Isle of Man in the 2014 Manx Grand Prix, when he finished second in the Newcomers B race before unfortunately retiring in the Super Twin race.

Racing Icon:

“Michael Rutter, I like the way he works and he’s still getting better after all the years he’s been riding.”

Career Highlights:

“Competing in the Senior TT with a respectable 26th.”

Having made a solid TT debut in 2016, when he took a best finish of 13th in the Lightweight race and also won bronze replicas in the two Supersport races, Barry returned in 2017 forsaking the Supersport races in favour of running a 1000cc ZX-10 Kawasaki R in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races.

It proved to be a good choice as he won three more bronze replicas and increased his lap speeds considerably as he broke the 120mph barrier for the first time. The aforementioned 26th placed finish saw Barry lap at 123.483mph whilst he also finished 32nd and 34th in the Superstock and Superbike races. His best finish again came in the Lightweight TT race where he improved to 11th, his best TT finish to date.

The 2017 North West 200 was also successful for Barry with his highest finish coming in the John M Paterson Supertwin race, where he placed 8th, in a race won by his racing icon, Michael Rutter. He also took a creditable 15th in the Vauxhall Supertwin race to make it a more than solid debut at the event.

The year previous (2016) was the first time Barry competed in the TT, with his highest finish again coming in the Lightweight race where he placed 13th. He has so far competed in seven TT races, finishing all seven of them and winning seven bronze replicas, which can be seen as an achievement in itself and a record that he will be keen to maintain.

Aside from this, Barry competed in the Manx GP in 2014 and 2015. As previously mentioned, a 2nd place finish in the Newcomers B race is Furber’s highest finish on the Isle of Man. 2015 saw Barry compete in the MGP Super Twin race whereby he recorded a fourth place finish. Those two years at the Manx Grand Prix more than proved his potential and moving quickly up to the TT as already paid dividends.

Aspirations:

“I hope to compete at the TT again in 2018; I run my own team as a privateer so if I can find some support I would love to race at some Irish national meetings, and the Ulster GP.”

Improving on his 26th place finish in the Senior TT will surely be an ambition for Barry, who is an up and coming rider in the road racing world. 2017 can be seen as the year Barry made strides forward at the Isle of Man TT and North West 200 to establish himself as one of the leading privateers and this can all be built upon in the coming years where a top ten finish in the Lightweight TT is more than a distinct possibility for Furber.

As well as improving race results, Barry has said he wishes to broaden his horizons in terms of competing in more road races, which could provide the experience and know-how to eventually improve performance and race results in every race he competes in.

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